Moto is releasing two new Moto Mods for its Z line of smartphones, a Mophie Juice Pack battery and a car dock from Incipio. The $79.99 Mophie is larger in capacity than the earlier Moto Mod battery packs, and packs a 3,000mAh battery that is said to provide 60 percent more battery life than a phone without it. It also has a status indicator light and a USB Type-C port so that it can be charged independently of being connected to the phone.
Incipio’s $64.99 Car Dock provides a way to mount a Moto Z in a car, charge its battery, and connect it to the car’s audio system via a 3.5mm output. The dock clips into the car’s air conditioning vent and can hold the phone horizontally or vertically with the magnets inside the phone. When the phone is docked, it will automatically launch Android Auto to provide a safer interface to use while driving.
Moto says the new mods will be shipping in the very near future (the Mophie can already be ordered from Verizon right now). The company also says that it plans to launch more mods in 2017 than it did in 2016, with a cadence of four new mods per quarter. It is encouraging development of mods via an Indiegogo campaign, which will end in January.